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Sub-program 2.1.4

Energy Efficiency

Description

Increasing energy efficiency remains an effective and low-cost means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Many Canadian energy users are unaware of the benefits of adopting energy-efficient technologies and practices. As well, because the energy efficiency of housing, buildings, and energy-using products is continually improving, regulations, codes and standards require ongoing stringency improvements. This Sub-program encourages the adoption of energy-efficient technologies and practices through labelling, information and training, and makes the stock of housing, buildings and energy-using products more efficient through regulation, codes, standards and energy benchmarking activities. It also makes industrial and vehicle operations more energy efficient through energy management standards, practices and training. This Sub-program is supported by the ecoENERGY Efficiency program.

Non-Financial Performance Information
Expected Result Performance Indicators Targets
Increased energy efficiency resulting from NRCan programs Petajoules of energy saved through energy efficiency programming 36-44 petajoules by March 31, 2016
Canadians adopt NRCan-targeted energy efficient products and practices Number of provincial/territorial/utility programs using NRCan-developed housing standards and systems 12 regional programs using NRCan-developed housing standards and systems to March 31, 2016
Number of jurisdictions adopting the 2011 National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) 4-6 provinces/territories adopting NECB or equivalent by March 31, 2016
Financial Performance Information ($ thousands)
Planned Spending Main Estimates
44,649 44,649

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FSDS Theme I – Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality

FSDS Goal 1 – Climate Change

Reduce greenhouse gas emission levels to mitigate the severity and unavoidable impacts of climate change.

FSDS Target 1.1 – Climate Change Mitigation

Relative to 2005 emission levels, reduce Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) 17% by 2020.

FSDS Implementation Strategies – Clean Air Agenda

1.1.5 Undertake and deliver scientific research and reporting in support of regulatory and other programs, including data analysis, inventory development, monitoring, modeling and assessment of the effectiveness of efforts as well as research on options, costs and benefits, and technology assessments. (EC, HC, NRCan, TC)

1.1.13 Enhance energy-efficiency regulations for consumers and commercial products. (NRCan)

FSDS Implementation Strategy – Clean Transportation

1.1.40 Offer information programs and decision-making tools which help Canadians to purchase, drive and maintain their vehicles in a manner which reduces fuel consumption and GHG emissions. (NRCan) 

How Activity Supports FSDS Target

Greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change can be reduced through energy efficiency improvements. This Sub-program contributes both directly and indirectly to FSDS Target 1.1 – Climate Change Mitigation.

FSDS Goal 2 – Air Pollution

Minimize the threats to air quality so that the air Canadians breathe is clean and supports healthy ecosystems.

FSDS Target 2.1 – Air Pollutants

Reduce air pollutants in order to maintain or improve air quality across the country and achieve the emission targets which are currently under development in consultation with the provinces and stakeholders.

FSDS Implementation Strategies – Clean Air Regulatory Agenda (CARA)

2.1.2 Undertake scientific research and reporting in support of regulatory and other programs delivered, including data analysis, inventory development, monitoring, modeling and assessment of the effectiveness of efforts as well as research on options, costs and benefits, including economic and social and technology assessments. (EC, NRCan, HC, TC)

2.1.11 Work on energy-efficiency regulations for consumer and commercial products. (NRCan)

FSDS Implementation Strategy – Clean Transportation  

2.1.27 Offer information programs and decision-making tools which help Canadians purchase, drive and maintain their vehicles in a manner which reduces fuel consumption and GHG emissions. (NRCan)

How Activity Supports FSDS Target

Improvements in energy efficiency help to reduce air pollutants by reducing energy use. This Sub-program contributes both directly and indirectly to FSDS Target 2.1 – Air Pollutants.

Program Name: ecoENERGY Efficiency

CAA Theme: Clean Energy

Description of ecoENERGY Efficiency:

The ecoENERGY Efficiency program is investing $195 million between 2011 and 2016 to maintain the Government of Canada's momentum to improve energy efficiency in Canada – at home, at work and on the road. These efforts will make the housing, building and equipment stock more energy efficient, energy performance more visible, and industry and vehicle operations more efficient. Improving energy efficiency will contribute to a cleaner environment, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while saving Canadians money and making the most of our natural resources.

The ecoENERGY Efficiency program features the following components:

ecoENERGY Efficiency for Buildings supports the development and implementation of energy codes, benchmarking tools, training and information materials to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and institutional buildings in Canada.

ecoENERGY Efficiency for Housing encourages the construction and retrofit of low-rise residential housing, making the stock more energy-efficient.

ecoENERGY Efficiency for Equipment Standards and Labelling introduces or raises energy efficiency standards for a wide range of products and promotes energy-efficient products through the ENERGY STAR® initiative in Canada.

ecoENERGY Efficiency for Industry aids the adoption of an energy management standard and accelerates energy-saving investments and the exchange of best practices information within Canada's industrial sector.

ecoENERGY Efficiency for Vehicles provides both individual Canadians and Canada's commercial/institutional fleet sector with decision-making tools for buying and operating their vehicles to reduce fuel consumption. It also promotes vehicle efficiency by introducing improved vehicle fuel consumption labels and a light-duty tire information system.

Expected program results for 2013-14:

The ecoENERGY Efficiency program focuses on activities that increase knowledge, awareness, and capacity in energy efficiency, including training, codes and standards, tools, publications and agreements.
For example:

  • The program will support training sessions on energy efficient products and practices for more than 206,000 individuals in the transportation, buildings, housing, and industrial sectors.
  • The launch of the Canadian adaptation of the Portfolio Manager building energy benchmarking system in 2013-14 will enable building owners and facility managers to compare their building’s energy performance, increasing their capacity to adopt energy efficient products and practices. This system is an adaptation version of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s tool that incorporates Canadian requirements. 
  • The program will continue to launch the Canadian SmartWay Transportation Partnership, which is a recognition program for freight shippers and carriers that started in the United States in 2004. It enables companies and institutions to benchmark their freight operations helping them to track their fuel consumption and carbon footprint, and to improve their environmental performance annually. Data collection tools for logistics and inter-modal freight companies will be launched in 2013-14, as will a pilot project review of the rail sector data collection tool.
  • The pre-publication and publication of Amendment 13 of the Energy Efficiency Regulations is planned for 2013-14. 
  • The program will foster the adoption of energy efficient products and practices as 12 regional programs will use NRCan-developed housing standards and systems, and three provinces/territories are adopting the 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings or equivalent.

Together, all ecoENERGY Efficiency program activities will lead to an estimated 17-22 petajoules of energy savings by March 31, 2014, reducing emission of greenhouse gases from the energy sector.

Performance measures:

Key outcomes Indicators Targets Tracking Methods
An increase in clean energy scientific and technical knowledge and stakeholder awareness of related clean energy production, energy efficient and alternative energy technologies, resources, products, services, and practices Number of participants trained on energy efficient products and practices in the transportation, buildings, housing, and industrial sectors More than 206,000 in 2013-14 Program files
Stakeholders have increased capacity to adopt cleaner energy production and energy efficient and alternative energy technologies, products, services, and practices Launch of the Canadian adaptation of the Portfolio Manager building energy benchmarking system Launched in 2013‑14 System available online
Stakeholders have increased capacity to adopt cleaner energy production and energy efficient and alternative energy technologies, products, services, and practices Continue to launch the Canadian SmartWay Transportation Partnership In 2013-14, data collection tools for logistics and inter-modal freight companies will be launched, as will a pilot project review of the rail sector data collection tool Program files
Stakeholders have increased capacity to adopt cleaner energy production and energy efficient and alternative energy technologies, products, services, and practices Pre-publication and publication of Amendment 13 of the Energy Efficiency Regulations is planned for 2013-14 Pre-publication and publication of Amendment 13 in 2013-14 Program files
Energy producers and users adopt clean energy and energy efficient technologies, products, services and practices Number of provincial/territorial/utility programs using NRCan-developed housing standards and systems 12 regional programs will use NRCan-developed housing standards and systems in 2013-14 Number of provincial/territorial/utility programs supported
Energy producers and users adopt clean energy and energy efficient technologies, products, services and practices Number of jurisdictions adopting 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings or equivalent 3 provinces/ territories are adopting the 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings or equivalent by March 31, 2014 Program files
Reduced emissions of greenhouse gases from the energy sector Petajoules of energy saved through energy efficiency programming 17-22 petajoules of energy savings by March 31, 2014 Program files
Program spending for 2013-14
Total CAA Program Planned Spending
$37,594,300
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